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Gandhi's items bring auction house huge commission: report

THE personal items of India's modern founding father, Mahatma Gandhi, sold for US$1.8 million at an auction in New York yesterday, brought US$296,000 in commission for the auction house, the Antiquorum Auctioneers, said the semi-official Press Trust of India news agency today.

A day after the articles were sold, the auction house said that Gandhi's pocket watch, sandals, glasses, bowl and plate fetched a total of US$2.096 million, commission included, according to the report.

The items were bought by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya from American collector James Otis, who got US$1.8 million.

Mallya, known for having already bought back from international auctioneers a number of India's national treasures including a royal sword, said he would bring the items back to India for public display.

The Indian government strongly opposed the auction, saying it was against the principles of India's national icon.


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